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Pakistan’s private news channel ARY went off air due to broadcast of Imran Khan’s speech IV News

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Hours after Pakistan the media control banned broadcasts of Prime Minister Imran Khan’s speeches, private news channel ARY was taken off air on Monday for airing his address a day earlier.

The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) on Sunday night banned satellite TV channels from broadcasting live and recorded speeches of the 70-year-old former cricketer-turned-politician after police in Islamabad failed to arrest him.

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ARY is currently not available and instead it shows a nice message about a regulator ban.

The ARY channel is believed to be sympathetic to Khan and earlier action had been taken against the broadcaster.

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Meanwhile, Khan on Monday moved the Lahore High Court (LHC) against Pemra’s decision to bar all satellite TV channels from broadcasting his speeches.

Justice Shahid Bilal Hassan will hear the case on Tuesday.

“It has come to light that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan in his speeches/statements is constantly making baseless allegations and spreading hate speech with his provocative statements against government institutions and officers which is detrimental to the maintenance of law.” and order and is likely to disturb the peace and tranquility of the public,” said Pemra’s order.

It said broadcasting hateful, slanderous and baseless statements against government institutions was “in clear violation of Article 19 of the Constitution and the judgment of the Supreme Court”.

It has been observed that such content was aired by TV channels without effectively deploying time delay mechanism in violation of the provisions of PEMRA Act as well as judgments of high courts, the regulator added.

“Therefore, the competent authority, i.e. prohibits chairman PEMRA … hereby broadcast/rebroadcast speeches/news talk (recorded or live) of Mr Imran Khan on all satellite TV channels with immediate effect,” the PEMRA order said.

It also directed all satellite TV channels to ensure that impartial editorial boards are put in place, as required under clause 17 of the Electronic Media (Programming and Advertising) Code of Conduct 2015, to ensure that their platforms are not used to broadcast derogatory remarks or hateful or prejudiced statements. against government institutions or in the interest of public law.

Pemra warned the TV stations that their licenses would be revoked if they did not comply with the rules.

It is not the first time that PEMRA has taken action against Khan. It had also banned broadcasts and rebroadcasts of the PTI chairman’s speeches and press conferences in November last year, but the federal government revoked it the same day.

Earlier on Sunday, Islamabad police went to Lahore to arrest Khan on a warrant on suspicion of evading court appearance.

However, the police were told that Khan was not at his residence but later he came outside the residence and gave a blasphemy speech which led to the ban.

Khan has been struggling to buy gifts, including an expensive Graff wristwatch he had received as prime minister at a discount from the government warehouse called Toshakhana, and sold them for profit.

Khan was ousted in April last year after losing a no-confidence vote, which he said was part of a US-led conspiracy that targeted him over his independent foreign policy decisions on Russia, China and Afghanistan.

Since his ouster, Khan has called for immediate elections to bring in what he called an “immigrant government” led by Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif.

Sharif has insisted that elections will be held later this year when the parliament ends its five-year term. PTI


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